Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe

4.2
446 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Birthdays
Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe is perched on Black Will's Cliff, on Greater Boston's North Shore. The Athanas family restaurants are known for excellent seafood and American cuisine.

We do not accept reservations for The Tavern or deck.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(781) 595-5735
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rt. 129
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Parking details
Complimentary Parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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446 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
43%
Very Good
49%
Good
0%
Fair
5%
Poor
3%
4.1
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Naples
4 reviews
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful seafood dinner. Service was great

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BC
New England
1 review
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view is spectacular. The food presentation could be a little better but it tasted good. Love the popovers !! Really a bit more formal than most restaurants but not as it use to be. A hidden gem that most people don’t know about.

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PW
New England
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed when dining at Anthony’s. The fried clams were small and cooked just right. I had my favorite, baked stuffed shrimp. My friends had the poached salmon and the lobster roll. All were wonderful. Also, the libations were made perfect..Paul W

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RB
Central Coast
5 reviews
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice time had by all! Food was good and service was great for a holiday evening

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A
New England
41 reviews
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a good meal with friends. Our waitress was very nice but clearly inexperienced. The restaurant itself looks very tired, esp the carpeting that was lumpy, in spots sticky. Our food was very good, cooked perfectly. Kudos to the kitchen staff that night.

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DR
1 review
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress “ Faith” was terrific! Knowledgible, Friendly, And Genuinely Pleasant making our 36th Anniversary Dinner a very enjoyable experience. Promote this Gal and give her a BIG Raise!!

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TH
New England
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I wanted to dine outdoors. We were seated on the outside deck which was delightful. The food was quite good and our waitress was amazing!

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AG
New England
4 reviews
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Great view and good service. Disappointing food quality for the $

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New England
1 review
4.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Daughter college graduation

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OL
New England
1 review
2.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very poor service! The food arrived lukewarm.The waiter was Absent. Items arrived late such as the utensils for handling the lobster.

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New England
9 reviews
5.0Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We love this old time Boston area favorite. It’s full of memories. The views are incomparable- the sea and the air are typical New England. We had crab cakes and steamed clams as a starter. Then we ordered lobster roll and portobello mushrooms surrounded by a crust. Of course it was good. The pop overs are the best in New England. We had a leisurely meal. The Indian pudding is authentic and dark.

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G
New England
1 review
2.0Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Been there a few times, but this time the dinner was unimpressive. Bouillabaisse I ordered was very salty. Added half a lobster, it was unfresh tested like rubber.
The waitress was unenthusiastic to the best. She did not even bother to offer birthday song singing after we mentioned it's a birthday event.
I sincerely hope the franchise will keep up the quality and service.

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m
New England
3 reviews
3.0Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Very dated restaurant, service was horrible the place was empty and I had to go to the manager to get service, in fact he got our drinks. The food was ok but not for what they charged, would not recommend this restaurant. Sorry

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New England
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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New England
3 reviews
5.0Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious dining in the Anthony's tradition even though it was New Year's Eve, a night when restaurants are often stressed and not able to live up to expectations. Lovely seats with a view
of Boston and tables far enough from one another to make conversation easy and enjoyable.

Can't say enough about a lovely dining experience.

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K
New England
528 reviews
3.0Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Past it’s time. Old. However, Grand Plat of seafood was fresh and delicious and not unreasonable. Wines by the bottle are exceptional and extraordinarily reasonable.

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New England
3 reviews
4.0Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location on the water overlooking Boston with a nice traditional menu. Everything is
always beautifully prepared and graciously served.

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Pittsburgh
6 reviews
1.0Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

view is amazing, food horrible waitress knew nothing about the food, every question we asked she had to go ask someone else.

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New England
1 review
4.0Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

So romantic sitting at the window watching the boats at sunset. I'm in a wheelchair and it was so easy to get into the dining room.

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LA
New England
1 review
3.0Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I proposed to my wife here 25 yrs ago and wanted to go back for the occasion. I made a reservation online with a note about that, hoping that they would realize the specialty of the occasion. When we arrived at 7 pm, it was pretty empty so they never looked at the reservation or asked us anything but simply took us to a table.

The whole place has changed and it now looks like a mediocre hotel conference room. Totally different from the cozy nook with separate entrance with 2 steps and wooden banister that I remember. NOT at all cozy.

Generous portions but not very good food. I ordered the sole which was reasonable but no special sauce or anything. Kind-a dry. It came with total simple white rice, that's it. No veggies or anything. For the price, I would have expected maybe 2 large pieces of fish instead of 3 but with some special way of serving it or something on the side but it simply came on a white plate without anything on the fish like a little piece of dill or whatever to make it look pretty. Just "no love" into the cooking or presentation of the food.

The staff seemed a bit disorganized. Trying hard to please but it just did not have a happy feel to it.

I suggest a complete overhaul of the place because the location is great. Good luck.

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New England
1 review
5.0Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, enjoyed dining at Anthony's ...Love Anthony's.. our favorite restaurant !
View is always spectacular as well as dinner and service is superb. Best popovers in the US! We brought a friend from Dallas and he raved how great, and Anthony's met all expectations on baked stuffed lobster.
Five Star!

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Milwaukee
1 review
2.0Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The service it was great, the view is great. The food it was ok, a bit expensive considering the quality. For the price we paid I would expected something more refined.

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New England
1 review
1.0Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Very poor experience....Waiter was very poor, with drinks slow to come, no water refills, slow overall, no follow-up, or ever asking how everything was. Food was also major disappointment...it took over 1 hour to arrive and then most of the meals were cold! Manager did not even seem aware of all this! Nice ambience and view but very poor dining experience.... would never go back!!!

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
3.0Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Dine there several times a year when in Boston area. Find food can be hit or miss. Usually order grilled fish. Sometimes excellent others dry. Portions smaller side. Staff usually very nice, but training could be better. Not particularly knowledgeable re menu. Views fantastic. And the popovers a special treat. Both reasons we keep going back.

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LB
New England
155 reviews
4.0Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Anthony's Pier 4 is always consistent. We took my Mother-in-law to celebrate her b-day and enjoyed sitting outdoors overlooking the Boston sky view. Food is always good as both my Hubby and I are picky and we almost always have good food at this restaurant.

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New England
12 reviews
4.0Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We dined years ago quite often for special occasions at Anthony's Hawthorne by the Sea at this location. It was lovely and upscale with impeccable service and cuisine, especially seafood.

The venue has been let go, which surprised us.
The view of the harbor is second to none and the building overall is gorgeous.
Yet the carpeting looked filthy and worn and our table was a metal banquet table, which I was surprised to see, and the entire restaurant needed to be painted.

We had a great table at the window, but the grand window was dirty.
The restroom was also in need of some updates.

Our service was great - our waiter professional, prompt and knowledgable.

On to the food...
The Glover Salad was almost as we remembered - cold, crisp and flavorful.
Popovers and marinated mushrooms, just as delicious as they were decades ago.

The clams casino had the same original flavor, yet the entire filling was mousse - no pieces of clams at all, which made for a strange mouthfeel.
The scallops - plump, delicious light flour coating and fresh!
The lamb chops were OK...a bit overdone, but the ratatouille accompaniment was overly mushy and unpleasant, making it inedible.
Is it possible that the potato croquettes were frozen and out of a bag?!

I didn't research who runs the restaurant now, but would think the group is related to the former Anthony's restaurant management since many menu items remain.
One would hope that with such a premier venue and location, it would be restored to its original splendor and the overall quality of the food would be brought back.

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New England
7 reviews
5.0Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my 73 bday had a great meal and Olga our waitress provided excellent service

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JA
Miami
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and Food excellent...........you cannot find a better view over Mass Coastline

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K
New England
51 reviews
3.0Dined on July 4, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The view from the outside balcony is amazing!! The seafood is really fantastic. The service was a little lackluster, but perhaps they were understaffed. But highly recommend for the food and views!!

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RB
Central Coast
5 reviews
4.0Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was July 4th and it was nice spot for dining and what made our experience GREAT. Was our waitress Shannon!!! Thank- you Shannon

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DR
New England
12 reviews
3.0Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Such a beautiful view but such a pedestrian menu! It is improving somewhat. Keep it up. Let your food offerings be as ouutstanding as your location and vistas.

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New England
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Wine steward (?) lacked personality .
His recommendation turned out well but he did little to describe our choices. For the price of a bottle of wine I would expect a little enthusiasm

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LB
New England
155 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anthony's Pier 4 continues to be one of my go-to restaurants locally. In the Summer months, they offer several variations of soft shell crab (which is my favorite). Although, many restaurants offer this locally, I find Anthony's the best. I love they pair this with a simple garlic butter sauce and the flavor is always delicious.

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RB
New England
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous views with food to match. Excellent service , open dining room with tables a good distance apart. Definitely will go back

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k
New England
46 reviews
5.0Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch...super service and fantastic view. George from the management team was terrific..made our visit seem like a member in a private club..SIX STARS**

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New England
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great to eat at Pier 4. Used to be a regular at Northern Ave location. Walking in tonight brought back many great memories. The dining room had awesome view, the server was a real pro!!! Food was typical Anthony's. Will return. This is a restaurant's restaurant!

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M
New England
41 reviews
2.0Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overall this was a fair experience; The restaurant is very run down and in need of sprucing up! The carpets are torn and patched with duct taped, the paint is peeling on the windows, the chair arms were all scratched and damaged.

Both the inside and outside of the restaurant have been neglected for years! The food was acceptable but the portions were ridiculously small for the money. I spent $30 for a piece of swordfish that came with nothing but a baked potato and was tiny! I had to spend another nine dollars to get a salad. This meal cost me $50 with tax and tip, no drink! I felt taken advantage of. I would not return anytime soon.

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New England
5 reviews
3.0Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Love the ambiance and the popovers. For the price - the food was not outstanding. My son ordered fish and he enjoyed that very much. Lamb chops did not have much flavor and the steak was not as tender as I would expect. I would recommend that you stay with seafood. Lovely location!

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New England
1 review
5.0Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove up from Boston and we were glad we did! We had a delightful meal overlooking the ocean. We will be back again next week for another graduation and plan to eat here again.

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New England
1 review
5.0Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Hope we can enjoy for many years to come.

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